Top 5 pitfalls to avoid when writing the supplemental “Why College X?” essay

Posted by Fatima B. on 10/16/19 11:00 AM

Many colleges require students to write school-specific supplemental essays. These are usually some variation of what I call the “Why Us?” prompt. For instance, Yale asks, “What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?” and Columbia requires 300 words on, “Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.”

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Tags: admissions coaching, college, college admssions

Letter of recommendation: 2 great books to help you in your college search

Posted by Madison on 9/9/19 11:00 AM

Thank you for checking in to the final post in my 3-part series on resources for creating your college list! So far, I have written about my top podcast and website suggestions that can help you on your college search . If this is your first time coming across my blog, you may want to go back and read up on those suggestions, as each resource is entirely unique.

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Tags: college, college admssions

Letter of recommendation: best websites for college research

Posted by Madison on 8/30/19 11:00 AM

Welcome back! If you are keeping up with my series on finding your perfect college fit, you’ll remember that my last post covered my favorite podcasts on this topic. If you are just now tuning in, I highly recommend that you check out the previous post, especially if you are app savvy. The podcasts I mentioned are great for the whole family to listen to, so don’t shy away from listening together! While yes, you will be the one to flit off to college to begin adulting, don’t feel as if you must isolate yourself in the college search and application process. Your counselor, your parents, and yes, maybe even your siblings, can each give you a point of view to consider because they all know you in unique ways. Make this search a group effort (with you at the helm of course) to avoid the overwhelm.

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Tags: college, college admssions

Letter of recommendation: two podcasts to help you find your best fit college

Posted by Madison on 8/16/19 11:00 AM

Following up on my previous post, I'm going to post a 3-part series on what resources you can use to help find your perfect college fit. Are you ready? Get excited. And, if you are not excited, go back to my first post and remind yourself to stop stressing and breathe. Go back in time and remember when you were a tiny human, eyeballing the toys at the toy store and scrutinizing every last detail before making the decision as to which one your heart most desired. This car is icy blue. Ah yes, but this one has flames down the side. Hmm, but wait…this one makes a “vroom” sound. Choosing a school is about being a little (or a lot) picky because, after all, it needs to fit you.

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Tips for Studying Effectively for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Marisa on 7/29/19 11:00 AM

It can be overwhelming to think about studying for the SAT or ACT. Where do you even start? In this post, I’ll outline a few key strategies to guide you through your test preparation.

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Tags: test anxiety, ACT, SAT, college, college admssions

How to build a smart, non-crazy-making college list

Posted by Madison on 7/9/19 2:19 PM

The college application process can seem totally daunting. No surprises there. The standardized test date that looms in the distance as you study into the nights, combing the recesses of your mind trying to remember the difference between a conjunctive adverb and a subordinating conjunction from that one grammar lecture in third grade. The deep preliminary introspection you dive into at the first glance of a sample application prompt as you ponder who you are and what you shall become. The sudden influx of shiny college brochures at the end of the driveway, your overstuffed mailbox seemingly weighed down by the decision that awaits you. Suddenly, family members start sporting their college sweatshirts - emblazoned with crests and mottos - around you as they casually drop their alma mater into every conversation. All at once, you begin to notice university-branded bumper stickers on every passing car. The question that seemingly defines your ENTIRE future bombards you on every side: Where will you go? Where will you spend the nascent years of your adulthood? There. Is. No. Escape.

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When should I take my SAT subject tests?

Posted by Martha C. on 7/5/19 5:24 PM

Planning for the SAT subject tests is one piece of the college admissions process that oftentimes goes overlooked.  They are forgotten for good reason: in the midst of planning for your AP and honors coursework, juggling your extracurricular activities, and studying for the SAT or ACT, planning for the subject tests can fall by the wayside.

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Tags: math SAT subject test, literature SAT subject test, french sat subject test, chemistry SAT subject test, biology SAT subject test, spanish SAT subject test, chinese SAT subject test, physics SAT subject test, college admssions

What to Wear on Test Day (Seriously)

Posted by Alex S on 5/29/19 5:26 PM

[caption: Actually not a bad idea]

Advice for test day is easily doled out, and often hard to actually follow.

Don’t cram the night before. Sleep as much as you possibly can. Eat a real, but not heavy breakfast, with only as much caffeine as you normally have. These are your goals, at least.

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Tags: study skills, college, college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part III: Beyond the Numbers

Posted by Sofía on 3/4/19 6:45 PM

 

Tell a story that your stats just can’t

In my previous post in this series, I explored all the quantitative components of your application: grades, test scores, the deadlines you’ll choose, and even applying for financial aid. These stats form the backbone of your application, but there are also several open-ended parts that you will need to flesh out.

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Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part II: Stats, Scores, and Paperwork, Oh My!

Posted by Sofía on 2/27/19 3:38 PM

Tackling the College Application Beast

You already know that applying to college involves a bunch of moving parts, and it can be a scary process to undertake (let alone hit “submit” on!). To make it feel a bit more attainable, let’s go through it piece by piece. In this post I’ll provide an overview of decision timelines, the logistics of applying, and the major empirical components of the Common Application. Even if you’re applying somewhere that uses a different application portal, you’ll find some version of each of these components there, too. In Part III, we’ll cover the application components that will allow for a bit more storytelling and creative expression.

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